Obviously wonderful writing and plot, hence it being called a classic. I wouldn't have picked this up unless I was told to read it for school (which IObviously wonderful writing and plot, hence it being called a classic. I wouldn't have picked this up unless I was told to read it for school (which I was). It does have a good plot though and I can see why it is a classic but it isn't a book I would have stumbled on and said, "Oh, this looks good." But, I do recommend anyone who is a classic literature lover to read it because it does execute each category of being a classic....more
Plot: I had to read this book for school, so I didn't pick this off of the shelf out of interest. That doesn't mean I wasn't riveted by this book. I hPlot: I had to read this book for school, so I didn't pick this off of the shelf out of interest. That doesn't mean I wasn't riveted by this book. I have to talk about the controversy behind this book. My schoolboard voted for the unabridged version and that created some parents to get other parents to have their kids read another type of book. (The alternative was A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.) The unabridged version of the book has certain scenes that were cut out in the abridged version. I am glad that we read the unabridged version because you weren't blinded from anything. You had all the facts laid out in front of you and you made you decision on whether or not you like Bigger Thomas. The abridged version might have wavered those feelings. The plot did cultivate discussions throughout my class and created the classic topic of race. Along with race, the novel deals with poverty, murder, rape, and prison. The plot was definitely unique, but was graphic as well as fustrating.
Characters: Bigger Thomas-I hate him. I could never like him and it was hard to get through the book when you didn't even like the main character. There is no way I can think of him as a protagonist because he never did anything good. He used people, hurt people, killed people, and only thought of himself. Even in the ending, he twisted his reasoning around to make sense of what he had done. I couldn't believe how ignorant he was to not only what he had done, but to his and others beliefs.
Cover: I wish the book had more details than just Bigger. On the shelf, I would have skimmed over it without a second thought. I guess this book doesn't need an interesting cover because it is a classic.
Overall Rating: I gave this book a three out of four. This book is a classic and I have to commend Wright for the spectacular writing style and development of the book. I always say this, if you can make me hate the person who it is intended for, you have a talent. It takes a lot to make someone completely hate a fictional character, so when it is done, this book deserves commending. It is a great book to have for a school or bookclub because it arises contrevoersial topics in a stylish way. I recommend anyone looking for a good classic read to read this.
I loved this book! It was a good technological spin on a romance story. I loved the constant up and downs and the real life situations! I recommend anI loved this book! It was a good technological spin on a romance story. I loved the constant up and downs and the real life situations! I recommend anyone whose a YA fan and/or romance fan, please read this book!...more
Plot: I finished the second book in the Immortal series and I have to say that I am like many other readers of this series and say that this was not aPlot: I finished the second book in the Immortal series and I have to say that I am like many other readers of this series and say that this was not as good as the first. I felt like this plot was made up to prolong the series. I was glad to see more of Damen, but I wanted to see more of Ever developing her powers. It seemed like she already knew her powers, even though throughout Blue Moon, she says she was always distracting Damen from her lessons. Also, I thought it was cliché that Ever thought the new guy was suspicious, but no one else thinks so. It was kind of expected and it made the plot dry and unoriginal. And, in the synopsis, when it talks about Damen's tortured past, there was one point where I could see that he was in anguish over, but it wasn't what I was thinking. (Spoilers coming up, pass over them and go to the rest of the review, if you don't want to see.) ****SPOILERS**** Okay, so there's the guy, Roman, he appears out of nowhere! Like, one day everything's peachy and the next, this guy shows up! Of course, he's the bad guy and of course he's an Immortal too. No surprise there, which made the book even more dry. I will say that he never gives up, which did make the book more interesting. When Damen gets sick, it is very...jaw dropping. It made the book more interesting. I could not believe some of the things Damen thought and said about Ever. It seemed like he was a completely different person, including when he changed his special room from a vintage state to a rec room. I loved Damen in this one because it was such different personalities, you can see how genuine and romantic the real Damen is. (P.S. If you didn't already guess, Roman is behind Damen getting sick.) Lastly, Damen's tortured past is that he saw his parents murdered. That made me empathize with Damen and see kind of why he didn't want to look at the past. Also, it was a kind of twist to see that Roman was one of the Immortals Damen had turned. However, it was ruined when it came out of nowhere like a lot of surprises in the book. ************************** Characters: Ever-She is a good character, I have to admit, because she isn't perfect. She has her flaws like thinking there's always something up with new people and that she still grieves over her family. I do like her decisions she makes in Blue Moon, you think that maybe it's all about Damen, but it still isn't to her. She loves everyone around her, but Damen's the one who helps her get through the tough times. Damen-Damen is very...different in this book. If you didn't read the spoilers, you'll have to see for yourself. It was a nice twist that I did like in here. I wasn't expecting him to act the way he did in most of the book. Roman-Evil. That is the first thing I have to say. A good evil though, he does not give up and I love that. It's non-stop problems. When one things resolved, another pops up. There is just one question I have to ask him: how did he do it? You'll see what I mean when you read the book, but it is never revealed exactly how he did it.
Cover: I love the cover for this book as well! It's of Ever holding, what seems to me, like Summerland. I love the contrast of the yellow to the dark hues of blue. To me, it's like Ever's starting to gain control on how to use Summerland. Plus, it is where she gets most of her answers in Blue Moon.
Overall Rating: I give this book a 3 out of 4. It wasn't as good as Evermore in terms of romance, which you know I always look for, but it was good for some drama. Alyson did do better on gradualing making the drama get to the climax and not springing it up on us. I will be reading the next book which is Shadowland (Immortals #3) to see how this series turns out....more
Plot: I went into the book with a clear head. I heard good things about the book, but, for me, it did resonate when I read it. It was way too hard toPlot: I went into the book with a clear head. I heard good things about the book, but, for me, it did resonate when I read it. It was way too hard to get through this book. I dreaded reading it. The plot was good and the writing was amazing, but it was dragging. The one thing that frustrated me with this book is that they wouldn't say what he is! Right when I got to around page 150, I had to stop. They still did not reveal what he was and I couldn't take anymore of it. I think that if I knew what he was from the beginning, I would have enjoyed the book more and understood what was going on. They kept dragging about how sick Mackie was and what he was, but never actually said it soon enough. I had to find out from spoiler sites what he was.
Characters: Mackie-He was definitely a great character. He was going through immense pain and didn't know his true self while everyone knew it. It was nice to see a character who was still isolated even though he had friends, but also had a life for the most part. Excluding his personality, I felt like Mackie was a little cliche. He liked the popular girl, but then started liking the outcast. Been there, read that. And, he kept dwelling in his pain and what he was. I know that is the key to the book, but it was hard to read over 300 pages about a guy who doesn't like their life.
Cover: The cover was what mainly pulled me in. I always thought (still do!) that this cover was extremely gorgeous and interesting. It's not every day you see a baby cradle with weapons hanging over it. This cover is undeniably one of the best I've seen.
Overall Rating: I give this book a two out of four. Before you boo me, I got really frustrated with this book. Now that I have found out what he is, I will probably go back to this book. Right now, I will give this book a two out of four, but I promise I will give this book one more shot in the future, but I don't know when. Probably when I go on a road trip or have spare time, but, for now, I'm done with it.
Plot: I wanted to take some time out from my book challenges, so I picked up this book when I saw that many other book blogs have reviewed it. I am aPlot: I wanted to take some time out from my book challenges, so I picked up this book when I saw that many other book blogs have reviewed it. I am a sucker for a good retell on classics...when they're done right. I have to say that I loved Sisters Red. It was a nice refreshing take on an age old classic. I loved how instead of the main character being just one person, it was two sisters. Not only were they sisters, but they talk throughout the book of having the same heart. I loved that type of metaphor, but it did seem like that fact got in the way of both of them. The book is told in both Rosie and Scarlett point of views. I have to say that I preferred Rosie's point of views because she had outside interests and more emotions. She started to fall for Silas and she wanted a life outside of just hunting Fenris (like werewolves). It was nice to see that she didn't want to disappoint or hurt her sister, but she didn't want to deny that she wanted something more. Scarlett's chapters were harder to read because they honestly all about hunting. I understood it was her passion, but I was sort of thankful when Rosie chapters would come around because I could kind of take a break from hunting. I did, however, like that you saw the differences between someone who loves hunting and someone who feels that they are binded to hunting.
Characters: Scarlett-I liked Scarlett. She was a nice character to provide the motherly and protective half of the two sisters. She is tied to hunting willingly, but wishes that she could have a normal life. But, with all of her scars and bites, she knows she could never have a normal life.
Rosie-Rosie wants that normal life back. She wants to go to school and do things that interest her. I loved her most when she was struggling between her love for Silas and her love for her sister. She doesn't want to disappoint her sister by disliking to hunt day in and day out, but she wants to have a life and show her feelings for Silas.
Silas-I liked Silas for the most part. He was hesistant to make a relationship with Rosie, but wanted to for the most part. He also wanted a life outside of hunting and wasn't afaird to tell Scarlett that. I will say without giving out any spoilers that I was pissed with Silas at one point. He cheated on Rosie...well, in a way, he cheated on her. I won't say when, but you will know the part I was talking about.
Cover: I loved the cover to this. It was creative to connect the girls' hair with the wolf. It was beautifully done and I loved how simple the cover is, but each color and design are very well pronounced.
Overall Rating: I give this book a four out of four because it was a great retelling of an old classic and I do recommend who love Little Red Riding Hood or want to see Red Riding Hood movie that comes out in March, please read this book. There is a sequel coming out. There is no set date or title, but Little Brown has made a deal with Pearce for a sequel!
Plot: The book follows a vampire-human hybrid, Vladimir Tod. He leads a normal life except for the bloody snack packs, morning routine of applying sunPlot: The book follows a vampire-human hybrid, Vladimir Tod. He leads a normal life except for the bloody snack packs, morning routine of applying sunblock, and still grieving over the loss of his parents. The first book was an incredibly good read. I was hesitant to read the book because it is in a guy's perspective and doesn't have as much romance as I usually like. However, Heather did an amazing with Vladimir. He is still in middle school, but has already seen and knows many things. He is still growing up and immature, but has enough maturity from his experiences to see the logical option in a situation. He is suspicious of his new English teacher and trying to find out his father's past. I felt Vladimir was so lonely during all the events because he is the only hybrid and is the only vampire he knows of. It was hard to see him struggling to figure out every mystery with also having to find himself. But, he does have people who love him: Henry and Aunt Nelly. They have their flaws, but support and love Vladimir. Along with them, I see Meredith, Vlad's crush, as a growing love interest, but I feel disconnected with her. She wasn't someone I truly felt would compliment Vlad. However, Mr. Otis is the most intriguing character of the bunch and causes everything to flip upside down for Vlad. At first, I wondered what would become of his and Vlad's relationship and what he wanted with him, but by the last 50 or so pages, everything starts to unravel.
Characters: Vladimir - Vlad is a great main character. He's not perfect and not everything he does is completely perfect, which makes him more realistic rather than making him perfect because he's a vampire. I did lose a little sympathy for him when I found out that he was one of those male characters that is crushing over the popular girl. But, as I was reading, I could understand why he would like Meredith and even though he likes her, there's a possibility they might not end up together because of what he is and what he craves. Therefore, he should get the chance to crush over the popular girl. Other than that, I do love Vlad. He seems to start maturing by the end of the book, but still is a teenager. He's not done with the threat of the vampire world and family secrets just yet.
Cover: The cover is simple and eye-appealing. I do love the little vampiric smiley, I don't know if that ever comes up in the series or it's just the series' symbol. However, it's cute and I would definitely buy a shirt if that was on there. My only complaint is that I wish the cover oriented around what happens in the book, but looking at the whole series' covers, it's better with just seeing what Vladimir looks like in that certain grade.
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a four out of four. This is my first four out of four in awhile. There weren't known mistakes I could see in this book. It was a great read and I look forward to seeing what the series has in store. Brewer did an amazing good with the characters' personalities and developing the shown potential in each of them. The plot was great for this book because it is kicking off the series. This definitely has many elements in it, so any versatile reader can enjoy it with little or no boredom.
Plot: I would have taken the synopsis from GoodReads, but that was way too long for a review. But, I have to say that I can see why Anne Rice is the uPlot: I would have taken the synopsis from GoodReads, but that was way too long for a review. But, I have to say that I can see why Anne Rice is the unofficial goddess of vampire lit. This book had all the elements of an amazing vampire book and more. I absolutely loved the plot of the book. There wasn't a certain storyline to the book other than a vampire's recount of his vampire life. I've never actually read about a vampire's life. You just see a certain part of it and maybe they might recount a small touch of it, but never their whole life. I loved how it wass a recoliction, but it felt like you were really there with Louis. I could imagine Louis and Claudia sleeping in his coffin and Lestat teaching Claudia how to feed. Rice was amazing with descriptions. Sometimes, it was a little overwhelming when I would spend a few paragraphs reading what a cottage would look like, but I did love how it was descirptive enough to actually have me visualize the setting. The characters were clear in my mind and were so real, I wished that I could interview Louis.
Characters: Louis-Oh, Louis, how I love thee! He is the epitome of a tortured soul. Everything he has gone through and his greatest struggles happened centuries ago, yet he still mourns them. He was such an amazing character to have be the vampire that I'm glad he had his point of view written instead of third person. Lestat-I have a love-hate relationship with Lestat. He is what you generally think of when you think of vampires. Lestat is so charismatic and evil at the same time. However, I did love how Louis could see that Lestat did not want to be alone and that Lestat still sort of love his father. I can't wait to see his point of view in the next book. Claudia-Claudia was a unique character. I never read about an immortal child. I didn't realize how curious I was to see how an immortal child would turn out. Rice was amazing the way she created Claudia. We see her go from an innocent five year old to an 60 year old girl (still looking 5 years old). She sounds like a woman and her actions are very deviant. I loved her and Louis though, they were so great together, father-daughter wise. Louis still adores her even then in the interview.
Cover: I have the The Vampire Chronicles big book, it has the first three books (Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen of the Damned). So,there isn't much to the cover except for the gold background and a fence on the front. The font is a beautiful ancient look and is the color of blood red.
Overall Rating: I give this four out of four. It is a beautiful book and I recommend this to anyone, whether you adore romance, vampires, action, Western, comedy, classics, etc. Read it! It is something I think anyone should read. It is a one in a billion kind of book, you won't find nothing like it. So, please give it a try!